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Tag Archives: GPS

GPS Location Data Requires a Warrant

Posted in Internet Privacy
The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that cell owners can “reasonably expect that their personal information will remain private” and in order to get GPS location data police must get a search warrant. The question in State v. Thomas W. Earls was the “constitutional right to privacy in cell-phone location” and the unanimous decision written… Continue Reading

New York Police Can Use GPS Devices

Posted in Internet Privacy
A New York State Judge recently ruled that a cell phone user has no reasonable expectation of privacy and the 4th Amendment right of privacy was not violated by the police’s pinging the GPS device in the defendant’s cell phone. Judge John L. DeMarco decision and order in the case of The People of State… Continue Reading

Is Privacy at Risk with Mobile Purchases?

Posted in Internet Privacy
Privacy is not mentioned in the recent announcements by many large retailers for use of mobile apps for credit and debit card purchases. However, consumers’ GPS data linked to mobile devices will likely lead to less privacy. In early August, 2012 the New York Times reported that Starbucks teamed up with the mobile payment startup… Continue Reading

Warrantless Tracking of Cell GPS Upheld

Posted in Internet Privacy
No warrant was required to track a drug dealer’s GPS locations from cell phones since the defendant “did not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the data emanating from his cell phone that showed its location.” On August 14, 2012 Justice John Rogers of the US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a conviction… Continue Reading

More Legal Issues about Privacy (and GPS)

Posted in Internet Privacy
Privacy continues to be hot news, just look at Facebook’s S-1 disclosures in its Initial Public Offering (IPO) which among a myriad of “Risk Factors” includes this statement about privacy laws: Our business is subject to complex and evolving U.S. and foreign laws and regulations regarding privacy, data protection, and other matters. Many of these… Continue Reading

GPS Tracking Required Warrant

Posted in eCommerce
A court recently ruled that the use of GPS tracking data in a drug distribution case violated the defendant’s constitutional rights and the police needed a warrant. The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a brief in support of Antoine Jones that his expectation of privacy was violated by the GPS device placed on his vehicle. The US… Continue Reading